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March 10, 1999

Oncologists' Practice of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;281(10):897-899. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-10-jac90000

To the Editor: Dr Emanuel and colleagues1 may report the most useful data that can be obtained from 355 active oncologists concerning physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia. However, a comparison with the article by Quill and associates2 raises several semantic questions that ethicists need to clarify before such surveys can be useful in discussions with patients or their families.

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